Muslims barred from flights to US

2017-01-28 20:23
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Tehran - Iranians and Iraqis planning to fly to the United States were prevented from boarding on Saturday after US President Donald Trump's order to restrict arrivals from seven Muslim countries.

Iran slammed the "insulting" ban and said it would reciprocate.

Trump on Friday signed a sweeping executive order to suspend the arrival of refugees and impose tough new controls on travellers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

His move sparked widespread international criticism.

Travellers from the Middle East were stopped from boarding US-bound planes.

Some who were already in the air when Trump signed the executive order were detained on arrival, the New York Times reported.

Insulting decision

In Tehran, two travel agencies said that they had been instructed by Etihad Airways, Emirates and Turkish Airlines not to sell US tickets or allow Iranians holding American visas to board US-bound flights.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani did not comment directly on the ban Saturday, but criticised Trump, saying that now was "not the time to build walls between nations".

Iran's foreign ministry said it would "respond in kind after the insulting decision of the United States concerning Iranian nationals" until the measure is lifted.

It said the decision was "illegal, illogical and contrary to international rules".

More than a million Iranians live in the United States.

In Khartoum, the Sudanese foreign ministry expressed its "regret" at the US ban.


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